Hippocrates to Harrison : Owen


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Owen, Richard, 1804-1892
On the anatomy of vertebrates
London : Longmans, 1866, 1868.

Image from Owen Anatomy Image from Owen Anatomy p236

Owen received a bad press from Thomas Huxley because of his equivocation about the evolutionary significance of the anatomical homologies he described in comparative anatomy and the fossil record. This animosity was fuelled by his difficult personality. His achievements though were many. In science he produced the catalogue for the Hunterian Collection in the College of Surgeons, London. He described the phenomenon of "homology" between for instance the hand of man, the wing of the bird and bat and the flipper of the seal. He named the "dinosaurs" and also achieved the construction and endowment of the British Natural History Museum. His researches on fossils included description of the moa.

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